The girls enjoying the sunshine in between classes
As kids flood out of school in much of the United States for summer vacation, we reflect on our students’ commitment to hitting the books and working with their mentors towards a brighter future. This year, RAIN has been working diligently with our partner communities to advance our goals in Niger. In 2023, we’ve expanded into 5 new communities in the commune of Aderbissinat including Bori, Djaberi Barka, Tchinagrof, Tchinabro and Tillia - reaching an additional 124 students and watching them thrive.
As our students strive to succeed in their new academic environment, RAIN’s mentorship program provides ongoing support for girls as they grow. We have seen how this program adds another element of support to each student-uplifting them with friends, “family”, advocacy, and support.
We are thrilled that our mentorship program has grown to 160 mentors this year, aiding 799 students. Their guidance provides encouragement to try new things, from learning new abilities in school to developing traditional skills such as weaving and food preparation, helping them to maintain a strong connection to their culture and community.
The support from these mentors has an overwhelmingly positive impact and contributes to more girls enrolling in our programs and staying in them. This year at the Aouderas School, the dropout rate among mentored students was 20% lower than among all enrolled students-an example of how beneficial the program is to these girls.
Hearing from our students about their experience with the mentoring program puts the importance of this support into perspective. Students like Assalama describe the impact the program has on her life:
“Mentoring has greatly improved my life in terms of organizing my studies. Through this program, I have had several benefits from my mentor, like better understanding the importance of school…
Without this mentoring program, I don’t think I would do well or have a bright future because in the beginning, not only did I not know the importance of school but even my parents did not value school. For this, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
These relationships are essential in building a safe and healthy environment for the girls to thrive in, and positively impact their education experience. Thank you for your support of this project and for making this project possible. You are changing the lives of both RAIN's mentors and mentees and for that we are exceedingly grateful.
We love to see the girls having fun together!